Improving efficiency of government and business interactions in British Columbia liquor law and policy

In late 2017, Mark Hicken was appointed as Ministry of Attorney General’s Liquor Policy Advisor to advise on possible law and policy reforms for government to improve efficiency and outcomes for business and government in relation to government responsibilities, regulations and oversight roles that intersect with the activities of B.C.’s private liquor businesses.

Mr. Hicken is a British Columbia lawyer with expertise in provincial law and policy related to liquor.

To complete his advisory work, Mr. Hicken is actively consulting with industry-level stakeholders in all sectors of the private liquor industry, including manufacturing, retail, and hospitality. He is also receiving advice from public health experts on social impact mitigation.

As a key part of this work, on behalf of government Mr. Hicken is convening a Business Technical Advisory Panel that will meet with the aim of developing technical legal or policy reform recommendations. These recommendations will target improved efficiency in government and business interactions while ensuring trade compliance, equitable stakeholder treatment, and consideration of health, social and financial impacts. These technical policy and legislation recommendations from business will be coupled with additional stakeholder consultation work undertaken by government directly to develop possible law and policy reform in the province.

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More information, including stakeholder submissions, will be posted on this page as it becomes available. A summary of the Business Technical Advisory Panel’s recommendations to government will be available in spring 2018.

If you have questions or would like to make a submission to the panel, please email Please note that submissions from businesses, business owners writing in relation to liquor policy, agencies and other organizations will be posted publicly to this site.